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Visual Arts Exhibition and Symposium

06 (09:00) - 09 October 2014 (20:00)

For more information about the Exhibition contact Claire Qiu -
For more information about the Symposium contact Dr Clifton Evers -


American artist Marguerite Kahrl will be visiting The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) from 6 - 9 October 2014. During her stay at UNNC an exhibition of her works titled “Noble Savages” has been organised in the UNNC Library Atrium by the School of International Communications and Library Services. Marguerite will present her works on Thursday 9 October at 18:30 in Aroma Cafe.

In the same week Marguerite will also participate in the Symposium “Culture and Sustainability: More-Than-Human and Transmedia Approaches” organised by the Institute for Creative and Digital Cultures. The symposium will see Marguerite and Professor Elspeth Probyn from the University of Sydney exploring our relationship with nature from two different perspectives.

Marguerite Kahrl (Artist, USA) Title: Savages, the story of Marguerite Kahrl’s artistic practice and research

The Noble Savages series is an ongoing body of work linked to the bioregion in Italy where Marguerite Kahrl lives. Kahrl’s artistic work is influenced by her experience as a permaculture designer. Permaculture is a holistic approach to sustainability that is primarily based on the design principles of earth care, people care, and fair share. This philosophy is reflected in her art projects, which have a social and ecological orientation.

Professor Elspeth Probyn (University of Sydney) Title: The Cultural Politics of Fish and Humans: A More-Than-Human Habitus of Consumption

The marine biologist, Carlos Duarte asks, “Will the oceans help feed humanity?”. In public and academic debate, the cultural politics of food continues to be a powerful if conflicting site where forms of state policy, economic, cultural and affective investment all compete. It is certainly not a new area, and questions about how we are to feed humanity, and with what, have been ongoing for decades if not millennia. In this paper I look at the ways in which these questions are differently articulated if we turn our eyes on the sea as the site of more-than-human food production and consumption. I draw on artistic images of sea-human connection, as well as several recent documentaries, to argue that we need an affective oceanic habitus to deal with the challenge that Duarte raises.